Euro 2020: Spain thump Slovakia to reach round of 16

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Spain capitalised on a Slovakia implosion to seal their place in the last 16 with a 5-0 hammering in Seville, which also knocked their opponents out of the competition.

Alvaro Morata saw his early penalty – awarded by VAR – saved by Martin Dubravka before Spain strolled to a victory that takes them through in second place, setting up a last-16 clash with Croatia in Copenhagen on Monday.

Dubravka went from hero to zero after punching the rebound from a Pablo Sarabia shot into his own net on the half-hour, before Aymeric Laporte rose highest to double Spain’s lead in injury time and net his first goal for his country after the goalkeeper had gone walkabout.

Slovakia emerged throwing caution to the wind, knowing only a point would give them real hope of progression, but quickly sank without trace once Sarabia swept home Jordi Alba’s low ball 11 minutes into the second half.

Ferran Torres then scored a deft backheel flick with his first touch (67) as Sarabia turned provider, before Juraj Kucka put through his own net to cap a dreadful Slovakia display and take the own-goal tally at Euro 2020 to a bewildering eight.


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